Giving and finance

Where the money goes...

Our largest category of expenditure is salaries and expenses. Christ Church directly employs three staff: our Youth worker, Administrator and Children's and Families' Missioner.

The salary and housing costs of our vicar are paid from a diocesan fund into which all parishes contribute according to their means. Our payment into this fund is agreed each year with Church of England Birmingham.

A proportion of our income - roughly 10% of donations to the General fund - is given in support of individuals and partner organisations around the world.

Utility costs are relatively low - an advantage of having a new, modern building - and have been even lower since the installation of solar panels, which were funded by a generous legacy.

The cost of our building, which opened in 2008, was fully met by the end of 2012, some 20 years earlier than expected. The Building Fund, through which over a million pounds passed during its lifetime, was closed in 2013.

Rachel Fasham

Investing in people: Rachel Fasham is our Children's and Families' Missioner

The kitchen team at a Summer Drop-In

Investing in facilities: Our hard-working building is put through its paces by Sunday activities, Messy Church, Lunch Club, Toddler Club and much more... with the kitchen at the heart of it all!

Cathie sitting with some Tanzanian boys

Investing in our partners: Christ Church helps to support Amani Children's Home in Tanzania and other causes around the world

...and where the money comes from

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We receive some rental income from outside organisations and individuals who use our building for regular and one-off events.

But... the overwhelming majority of our income is from regular personal donations made by church members, supplemented by Gift Aid. Most people donate by standing order or through an envelope scheme.

A collection is taken up during morning services. We are of course grateful for all donations, but we don't expect visitors to contribute.